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” A startling knell from Hatteras’ shore….”

Having spent a glorious few hours now researching the public response to the sinking of the Monitor, I chanced upon this little gem. Enjoy!

From the Boston Daily Advertiser, Saturday, February 14, 1863 – Issue 53, page 2, column F

[For the Boston Daily Advertiser.]
The Monitor.

I.
Hail and farewell,
O, Monitor!
A startling knell
From Hatteras’ shore
Proclaims that thy brief course is o’er.
Hail and farewell!

II.
The ocean wide
Now covers thee
Who didst decide
Our destiny.
A nation aye shall think on thee
With love and pride.

III.
Our noble bark!
While battle raged,
And fortune dark
Defeat presaged,
Thy form the wily foe engaged
In his strange ark!

IV.
Hotly his shell
Assailed thy tower,
With fires of Hell,
A fearful shower, –
But, yielding to thy wondrous power,
Backwards he fell!

V.
Alas for thee!
Thy crew so brave
Now silent lie
Beneath the wave,
Thy foundering form their living grave,
Sad destiny!

VI.
Hail and Farewell!
O, Monitor!
A startling knell
From Hatteras’ shore
Proclaims that thy brief course is o’er,
Farewell! Farewell!

W.R.W.